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Jeff Ganson
2004-09-01, 16:32
I'm looking for input on server hardware. My SlimServer is currently
running under Windows XP Pro, with about 14,000 songs. It's a P4 1.8 GH,
with 512 MB RAM, but I still get drop-outs when I search or do something
similarly intensive on the web interface. Slim also uses so much memory
on that machine that it's torture to use it for anything else. And, I
just find Slim to be pretty unstable on this platform (no offense). So,
I'm looking to get it off there.

One would be to buy or build a cheap Linux box like the one somebody
recently posted about. If I go that route, what minimum specs should I
be looking at? I've set up (and eventually abandoned) a Linux web/mail
server in the past, so I think I should be able to handle the basics,
but if the installation is tricky, I'd be interested in a heads-up or
pointers on that as well.

Another alternative would be one of the new iMac G5's, which I'll admit
I'm looking for an excuse to buy. Does Slim run appreciably better/more
well behaved under OS X than it does under XP, or would I just be
trading one problem for another (at an increased price above the cost of
the Linux box)?

Thanks,

Jeff

Kevin O. Lepard
2004-09-01, 16:38
>Another alternative would be one of the new iMac G5's, which I'll admit
>I'm looking for an excuse to buy.

I know the feeling. I'd love to get one with one of the accessories
to put it on a VESA arm with bluetooth mouse and keyboard.... *drool*

But on to topic:

I've been running slimserver on a relatively old iMac G3 700Mhz
machine (selected because that particular model used entirely
convective cooling) for over a year and have virtually no trouble
with it. I don't use the machine for much else simultaneously,
though, I would expect a G5 to have a lot more headroom for other
tasks.

Kevin
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Jack Coates
2004-09-01, 16:40
> I'm looking for input on server hardware. My SlimServer is currently
> running under Windows XP Pro, with about 14,000 songs. It's a P4 1.8 GH,
> with 512 MB RAM, but I still get drop-outs when I search or do something
> similarly intensive on the web interface. Slim also uses so much memory
> on that machine that it's torture to use it for anything else. And, I
> just find Slim to be pretty unstable on this platform (no offense). So,
> I'm looking to get it off there.
>
> One would be to buy or build a cheap Linux box like the one somebody
> recently posted about. If I go that route, what minimum specs should I
> be looking at? I've set up (and eventually abandoned) a Linux web/mail
> server in the past, so I think I should be able to handle the basics,
> but if the installation is tricky, I'd be interested in a heads-up or
> pointers on that as well.
>
> Another alternative would be one of the new iMac G5's, which I'll admit
> I'm looking for an excuse to buy. Does Slim run appreciably better/more
> well behaved under OS X than it does under XP, or would I just be
> trading one problem for another (at an increased price above the cost of
> the Linux box)?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jeff

buy yourself something you want to sit at, then put another 512M into that
box and put Linux on it.
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"Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA

Daryle A. Tilroe
2004-09-01, 17:38
Jeff Ganson wrote:
> I'm looking for input on server hardware. My SlimServer is currently
> running under Windows XP Pro, with about 14,000 songs. It's a P4 1.8 GH,
> with 512 MB RAM, but I still get drop-outs when I search or do something
> similarly intensive on the web interface. Slim also uses so much memory
> on that machine that it's torture to use it for anything else. And, I
> just find Slim to be pretty unstable on this platform (no offense). So,
> I'm looking to get it off there.

My music library is about half that size with XP Pro and an Athlon 2200+
(1.8 GHz). I notice no real performance issues and the memory footprint
of Slimserver is only about 60MB (I have a gig of RAM). I also simultaneously
use the box as my main workstation and often play DVDs at the same time as
music is streaming.

I am curious as to what version you are running; I am usually using the
latest nightly, currently Aug. 31, 2004. I think that with the current
database structure performance may not scale well and get exponentially
worse with size. Of course I also believe you may experience the same
problem no matter the OS (someone feel free to correct me on this). Your
ultimate solution may be the major database backend rewrite that I
understand is going on right now.


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Daryle A. Tilroe